Rights Revoked: The State of Human Rights in Afghanistan After Six Months of Taliban Rule
On Wednesday, March 2nd from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. EST, the CSIS Human Rights Initiative will host a panel discussion on the status of human rights under a Taliban-governed Afghanistan. Six months into Taliban rule, the world is witnessing an alarming increase in rights violations against Afghans. Civil and political activists are regularly subject to abuse, including arbitrary detention, forced disappearance, and assault; women and girls concurrently face the denial of political and economic rights and access to education. Recent diplomatic talks failed to solicit concrete Taliban commitments to address these concerns, and the Biden Administration has yet to lay out a strategy to address the parallel human rights and humanitarian crises facing the country.
This CSIS event will consider the pressing human rights risks faced by Afghan citizens and discuss diplomatic and policy options to address attacks on activists and journalists and constraints on the rights of Afghan women and girls. Rina Amiri, U.S. Special Envoy for Afghan Women, Girls, and Human Rights, will deliver keynote remarks. Marti Flacks, Director of the CSIS Human Rights Initiative and Khosravi Chair in Principled Internationalism, will then moderate a panel discussion with Heather Barr, Associate Director of the Women’s Rights Division at Human Rights Watch, Anne Richard, Distinguished Fellow and Afghanistan Coordination Lead at Freedom House, and Horia Mosadiq, Founder of the Safety & Risk Mitigation Organization.
This event is made possible by general support to CSIS.